Purpose of Study
Mathematics is essential to everyday life. At Arundale, our Mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
We intend that pupils will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Pupils will learn to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Pupils will solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
At Arundale, we follow White Rose Medium term planning to ensure consistency and progression through year groups. Maths resources are available in all classrooms so that children can independently select equipment needed to help with their learning. To enable children to become fluent with the fundamental skills in mathematics we use Timestable Rockstars, Mathletics, My Mini Maths and a Quick Maths scheme in school. These all enable children to further their Mathematics learning at home and provide opportunities for rewards and praise to be celebrated throughout school.